Posted by: groundsforsculpture | March 1, 2011

Eye on Photography: Touch The Sky by Vivian Bedoya

Vivan Bedoya, Touch The Sky, 2009. Digital Print. Photo Courtesy the Artist

By Vivian Bedoya, Guest Blogger and Focus on Sculpture Participant

Paradise, a word that connotes a feast for the senses.  Can anyone argue that Hawaii is one such place?  At the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, along with the exquisite beauty of nature and luxurious accommodations, there is one more treat for guests and that is an art collection of paintings, sculptures, and murals, boasting works by such notables as Dale Chihuly, Fernando Botero and Fernand Leger.  While I enjoyed them all, this particular piece captivated my imagination.

Created by American sculptor and painter, Ken Shutt, it is called “Ho’olaule’a O Ho’Ao” which translates from the melodic Hawaiian language to “celebration of marriage.”  The angular yet graceful lines of a woman with long, flowing hair stands on the path leading to a charming wedding chapel.  Tropical flowers and trees grace the setting and enrich the symbolism of the piece.  Although the sculpture is beautiful and interesting from every angle, I chose to photograph it from the subject’s viewpoint, looking upwards, thus capturing her joyous gesture of arms outstretched towards the heavens. Since my husband and I were there not only to attend a family wedding but also to celebrate our thirty-third wedding anniversary, this image has become a favorite keepsake of our idyllic stay.

 The Focus on Sculpture exhibition is an annual Grounds For Sculpture exhibition of amateur photography.  Selected works are on display in the Education Gallery in the Visitor’s Center from January 22 through March 20, 2011.



  1. A dynamic and wonderful interpretation of the sculpture.

  2. Interesting form, the lines on the white section look nice and crisp, shame theres no more photos

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